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School vacation events at the Providence Children’s Museum

If you’re looking for something to do with the kids during school vacation week? The Providence Children’s Museum has got you covered:


School Vacation FUN! at Providence Children’s Museum

December 26 – 31

Children's MuseumProvidence Children’s Museum is the BEST place for school vacation fun! The Museum is open during vacation, Wednesday, December 26 – Tuesday, January 1, from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Families can explore ThinkSpace, a major new exhibit exploring spatial thinking, and enjoy these special programs and performances:

Block Party
Wednesday, December 26 • 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Kids mix and match the Museum’s massive collection of colorful building materials! Stack imaginative blocks of all shapes and sizes to create towering structures, construct room-sized block cities and more.

Sparky’s Puppets
Thursday, December 27 • 1:00 & 2:00 PM
Sparky’s Puppets dramatize favorite children’s stories with colorful hand puppets, lively humor and plenty of audience participation. See playful puppet performances of funny folktales from around the globe that feature clever critters and magical happenings. Meet a family of mice in Japan, laugh at the antics of Anansi the Spider, a trickster from West Africa, and see a pesky goblin try to outwit a hard-working European farmer. Shows at 1:00 & 2:00 PM; recommended for ages 3 and up.

The Rhythm Room
Friday, December 28 • 1:00 & 2:00 PM
The Rhythm Room weaves together the energy and power of world percussion, horns, drums, guitars, piano and keyboard to create rich melodies while providing a visually stimulating experience for audiences of all ages. Kids feel the rhythm as they join the band and try out different percussion instruments. Shows at 1:00 & 2:00 PM; recommended for ages 3 and up.

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Downcity: Tonight, late night shopping. Next week, revelry

The shops Downcity are open until midnight tonight for all your last minute Christmas shopping needs:

Still have some last minute shopping to do? Nervous of when you’re going to fit it all in? Have no fear because Westminster Street will be open till MIDNIGHT on Thursday, December 23. Open till midnight means:

  1. You have plenty of time left to shop!
  2. Instead of letting the stress take over, make a fun night of it! Have nice, relaxing dinner beforehand and/or stop by Downcity’s newest bar The Salon afterward to unwind with drinks and ping-pong before heading home to wrap everything up!
  3. You also have time to get those last minute stamps on your Holiday Bingo card so you can be entered to win HUGE Prizes! The first prize is a bundle of gift certificates to Downcity businesses totaling a value of $1,000. That’s $1,000 to spend in Downcity shops, restaurants, theaters, and hotels! Imagine the fun you could have!!
  4. All you have to worry about is finding the perfect gift for your loved ones… and remembering your shopping list!

Still struggling with a couple of gift ideas? Check out our Holiday Gift Guides for inspiration and don’t forget to ask the experts… the staff at the stores! And remember you don’t even have to worry about parking because there is 2-hour on street parking for free, just look for the covered parking meters, and free 2 hour free parking at Grant’s Block with a validated stamp from participating stores and restaurants.

Then next week, ring in the New Year with Bright Night Providence.

Tickets are on sale now but prices go up starting Dec. 25th, so buy now.

Visit the Bright Night website for a schedule of events or Like Bright Night on Facebook.

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Bright Night WaterFire

I have to figure out how to actually take good night shots with my camera, but anyway, here are a couple snaps from Bright Night WaterFire.

Waterplace Bright Night '10

Waterplace Bight Night '10

What did everyone think of Bright Night and WaterFire this year? What could make it better (aside from an economy that allowed them to collect a healthier amount of donations)?

Photos by Jef Nickerson

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Ice-Breaker Daedalus


Photo borrowed from WaterFire’s Facebook Page

WaterFire crews are battling ice in the Basin at Waterplace to ensure that they can pull off a lighting this New Year’s Eve.

WaterFire has helped Bright Night secure funding to ensure another wonderful New Year’s celebration in Providence.

Both organization as always are seeking donations to help pay for the events.

And while you’re in the giving mood, AIDS Care Ocean State is seeking donations for their Adopt-a-Family program:

For a donation of $50, you can help a local family in need and provide food, gifts for children during the holidays, along with warm clothing and heat for their homes throughout the winter months!

No donation is too small. All proceeds raised through this campaign will directly benefit ACOS families.

AIDS Care Ocean State | Adopt-a-Family

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